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Special Stamp Issue - "Mainland Scenery Series No. 5: Mount Taishan"

Stamp Sheetlet
Stamp Sheetlet

Hongkong Post's Stamp Sheetlets on Mainland Scenery are designed to introduce natural wonders and monuments in China, highlighting sites of historical and cultural significance. The fifth series on Mainland Scenery features Mount Taishan which was included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1987.

Mount Taishan is renowned for its awesome scenery, and sunrise at Mount Taishan is a breathtaking sight. Gongbei Rock, which juts out to the north at Sun-Watching Peak, is the vantage point for the stunning sunrise as well as a landmark of Mount Taishan.

The focus of the stamp sheetlet falls on Aolai Peak (also known as Furong Peak ), a lofty peak west of Fan Cliff. Gongbei Rock and the stone inscribed "Unrivalled Mountain" sum up the attraction of Mount Taishan as rich in natural and cultural heritage.

Information about associated philatelic products of this issue and sales restriction per queuing customer starting from 4 May 2006 are as follows:

Products Descriptions Selling Price (HKD) Sales Restriction per Queuing Customer
Stamp Sheetlet Each containing a $10 stamp $10.00 per sheet 20 sheets
Presentation Pack Each containing a stamp sheetlet $18.00 per pack 5 packs
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Stamp Sheetlet Affixed with a Stamp Sheetlet and datestamped with the special postmark (available at all philatelic offices on 4 May 2006 only) $13.50 per cover 5 covers
Remarks: The above philatelic products have been included in the 2006 Local Standing Order Service.

The stamp sheetlet will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office and Sha Tin Central Post Office from 13 April 2006. The Official First Day Cover will be put on sale at $1.00 each in all post offices on the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided souvenir covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from 13 April to 22 April 2006.

Hand-back datestamping service will be provided at all post offices on 4 May 2006 for official and privately-made covers, bearing the first day of issue indication and a local address. A special postmark will also be introduced and available for hand-back service at all post offices. In addition, the "GPO-1" postmark, the "Philatelic Bureau" pictorial postmark and the philatelic office pictorial postmark will be available for hand-back service at 39 philatelic offices on that day.

On 4 May 2006, the public hall of the Hongkong Post Philatelic Bureau on 1/F., Trade Square, 681 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for datestamping covers with the "Philatelic Bureau" pictorial postmark, the "GPO-1" postmark and the special postmark.

Stamp Printing Details

Design: LI Shik Kwong Ken Stamp Sheetlet Size: 140 mm x 90 mm
Printer: Southern Colour Print
New Zealand
Perforation: 14.25 (one elliptical perforation on each vertical)
Process: Lithography Paper: Paper with security fibres
Stamp Size: 45 mm x 28 mm Date of Issue: 4 May 2006

Presentation Pack
Presentation Pack

Special Postmark
Special Postmark

Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Stamp Sheetlet
Serviced First Day Cover affixed with a Stamp Sheetlet

To surprise and delight our customers, a lucky draw coupon will be attached to each presentation pack of this issue purchased ($18). Two lucky draws will be conducted, one on 18 May and the other on 20 June 2006. The winners will get a prestige souvenir frame with a full set of Mainland Scenery Series No.1 to No.5 stamp sheetlets.

The results will be announced on the Hongkong Post Stamps website (www.hongkongpoststamps.com) and in Philatelic Link, Sing Tao Daily and The Standard following the draws in May and June, respectively.

* Information provided in this link is subject to change.

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